Jenna Bush Hager will bring some West Texas charm to the pages of Southern Living as the magazine's editor-at-large.
Bush Hager is the daughter of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. Perhaps more importantly, she brings south of the Mason-Dixon Line gentility to her new gig, having grown up in West Texas. In addition to her role as a famous offspring, Bush Hager is a contributing correspondent to NBC’s "Today" show.
Bush Hager will contribute to the publication's “Paper Napkin Interview" section, which features well-known Southerners such as Maya Angelou, Morgan Freeman and Katie Couric. Her first interview will be with country music star Luke Bryan and is scheduled for the March issue.
Bush Hager will also conduct a series of interviews for a cross-platform story to run next year on up-and-coming Southern talent. Her portfolio will include contributing to the magazine on a quarterly basis and writing regularly for the Southern Living blog “Daily South,” beginning in January.
In addition to those assignments, she will also be cowboy boots on the ground at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville in June.
"I’m so thrilled to be joining the team at Southern Living,” Bush Hager said in a statement. “As a proud Texan, I grew up flipping through my mother’s copy of the magazine, dreaming of the dishes. And so, I’m excited to interview influential Southerners, explore iconic places, and show how the next generation of women entertain.”